Tag Archives: John Berg

Berg Had A Walkover

The Daily Advocate – April 28, 1911

Famous San Antonio Grappler Defeats Abps in Six Minutes and Thirty Seconds – Mihovil Springs Sensation.

John Berg, the noted light heavyweight wrestler of San Antonio, defeated Otto Abps, alias Young Beel, alleged middleweight champion of the South and Germany, with ease in a handicap match before a fairly large celebration crowd here at Hauschild’s Opera House last night.  Berg won the first fall in four minutes and fifty seconds with a crotch and half nelson.  Abps was entirely outclassed and never saw Berg’s back.  However, Abps might have stayed longer if he had not tried to mix things with the big fellow and kept in such close quarters.  Even for the little tussle he gave Berg, the San Antonian was blowing like a porpoise at the end of the bout and seemed to be out of condition or laboring under great excitement.  Tom Long, claimant to the middleweight championship of Arkansas, who wrestled Abps here last night, served as referee. Continue reading


Seattle Times – January 20, 1915

Dr. Roller lost to Jack Taylor in Saskatoon last night Monday. Roller won the first fall in 21 minutes. Taylor took two more, with his first in 59 minute, and his second in 13 minutes. Continue reading

Berg Quits in Wrestling Bout

The New York Times – March 31, 1912

PORTLAND, Ore., March 30. – John Berg quit in his match with Fred Beell here last night for the light-heavyweight wrestling championship of the world after on hour and ten minutes of grueling wrestling without a fall.